Our football match prediction:
Stade Michel d’Ornano will host Saturday’s football game between Caen and Lille. Caen are on a five-game winless run in the Ligue 1 and they have been slipping down the standings week by week. Patrice Garande’s team defeated Hazebrouck in the Coupe de France at the weekend and that certainly helped the team regain a much-needed confidence. Caen are eager to get back on course and they are likely to go all guns blazing at les Douges on Matchday 20. Lille, on the other hand, played out a 1-1 draw with Nice in their last league fixture, with the team extending their winless run in the French top flight to three games. Marcelo Bielsa’s men are eager to escape the relegation zone, but seeing that two teams are evenly matched at the moment, we predict the two teams are going to share the spoils at Stade Michel d’Ornano.
Highlighted Player (Ivan Santini):
Ivan Santini is a Croatia international who plays for Caen as a striker. Santini was born on May 21, 1989 in Zadar, Croatia and he played for his hometown club Zadar at the start of his youth career. In 2006 he moved to fellow Croatian club Inter Zapresic and at the end of the 2006/2007 season he joined Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg. In 2009 Ivan Santini signed for 2. Bundesliga team Ingolstadt and he made his debut for the club on March 8, 2009. The Croatian attacker came as a substitute in a match against 1860 Munchen and scored his first goal in the German second tier. Santini soon returned to Zadar and after spending four years at the club, he signed for Belgian team Kortrijk in 2013. The 190-cm-tall striker scored 30 goals in 69 appearances for the club in the league and, as a result, Standard Liege chiefs decided to bring him to Stade Maurice Dufrasne in the summer of 2015. Ivan Santini moved to French club Caen in 2016 and he has been playing for the Ligue 1 outfit ever since. The attacker made his senior debut for Croatia on May 28, 2017 in a 2-1 win over Mexico.
Highlighted Team (Lille):
Lille have been playing an important role in French football ever since they were founded in 1944. Les Dogues won their first domestic trophy in the 1945/1946 season. Lille did well to win their second Ligue 1 title in 1954 and 57 years later they lifted their last domestic title. Les Douges finished the 2010/2011 season in top position in the standings, eight points clear of second-placed Olympique Marseille and it has to be noted that Lille attacker Moussa Sow won the Golden Boot (25 goals). Lille are one of the two teams that managed to win three consecutive Coupe de France trophies (1946, 1947, 1948), but they have yet to clinch the Coupe de la Ligue title. Les Dogues faced PSG in the 2015/2016 Coupe de la Ligue trophy, but les Parisiens proved to be a big catch for Frederic Antonetti’s team in the title game. Lille play their home matches at Stade Pierre-Mauroy and the capacity of the stadium is 50.186. The venue was opened in August, 2017 and the construction cost €282 million.